Exhibition and fair activity of Ukraine is aimed at creating favourable conditions for increasing exports of competitive products and services from Ukraine, attracting investment and credit, scientific, technical and technological modernization of domestic production, strengthening international ties, development of business tourism in the regions, intensification of innovation process and production cooperation.
According to the Concept of Development of Exhibition and Fair Activity, approved by the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 1065 of 22.08.2007, central and local executive authorities can be organizers of exhibitions and fairs in Ukraine, and also business entities of all forms of ownership which are engaged in the organization and holding of exhibitions and fairs.
All exhibitions and fairs in Ukraine are divided into international, national and industrial exhibitions. When foreign companies or organizations account for at least 10% of the total number of participants, such exhibitions and fairs are considered international.
State regulation in the field of exhibition activity is mainly carried out by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, which compiles the proposals of central and local executive authorities, as well as of business entities into annual plans of exhibitions and fairs in Ukraine funded from the state budget or by their own resources.
In addition, the event calendars are regularly updated by exhibition centres and exhibition operators of Ukraine, the largest and most famous of which are the International Exhibition Centre, the National Expocenter of Ukraine, “ACCO International”, “Euroindex”, Kyiv International Contract Fair, “Premier Expo” and “KyivExpoPlaza”. All of them are members of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI).
The largest exhibition events in Ukraine are the agricultural exhibition “AGRO”, the building exhibition event “InterBuildExpo”, the international exhibition of furniture and accessories “Kyiv International Furniture Forum – KIFF”, the food and drinks exhibition “WorldFood Ukraine”, etc. They annually gather thousands of brands and tens of thousands of visitors.
Particular attention should be paid to specialized exhibitions in the field of aviation and space “Aviasvit”, arms and security “Arms and Security”, renewable energy technologies “Ecoenergy”, housing and communal services “CommunTech”, as well as to B2B Furniture exhibition and conference “FUBE: Furniture of Ukraine Business Expo”.
Photo Credit: IEC